For Immediate Release
October 5, 2017
Contact Deborah Pacyna
SACRAMENTO – The California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) announced today that CEO/President Jim Gomez will retire effective December 31, 2017. The decision ends a distinguished 15-year career at CAHF where Gomez presided over efforts to stabilize reimbursement payments and improve the delivery of quality care to residents in skilled nursing facilities and community-based homes for the developmentally disabled. He will continue as a consultant to ensure a smooth and successful transition for his yet-to-be named successor.
“Jim has been a strong advocate for the membership and his leadership has strengthened the association,” said Julianne Williams, Chair of CAHF’s Board of Directors. “He has elevated our profession with his unique talents and valuable relationships and we will miss his guidance and expertise.”
“I have been honored to represent an outstanding group of long-term care leaders and caregivers who are committed to delivering excellent care to thousands of disabled clients and elderly residents every day,” Gomez stated. “It has been a privilege to work with so many talented, dedicated professionals and I’m proud of what we have been able to accomplish together. The association is financially sound and positioned for a successful future.”
Prior to leading CAHF, Gomez had a long, successful career in state government, with appointments to various positions by Governors Edmund Brown, George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson. He also served on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team.
Gomez worked as Deputy Executive Officer of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he spent 12 years with the state prison system as Chief Deputy and then as Director of the California Department of Corrections. During his first term in 1978, Governor Brown appointed Gomez as Deputy Director of the Adult and Family Services Division in the Department of Social Services.
The CAHF Board of Directors in the process of choosing a successor to Gomez